Beach Family Session

sunset | Hilton Head Island, SC | laurie schultz photography

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sun drenched | laurie schultz photography | tybee island, ga

Back in December I had the opportunity to speak at a local MOPS group about "How to take extraordinary photos of your kids."  I challenged the group of moms to capture not just smiling photos, but the moments that they actually want to remember.  Mamas...this is my charge to you, whenever you get that feeling or thought in your head saying, "I don't ever want to forget this"...snap a photo of it!   You won't ever regret taking a photo (your kids might regret it, haha! But you won't!) . At the end of the meeting I picked a winner for a free mini session, and this mama was the lucky winner!  

This sweet family was my last session before my maternity leave.  Don't worry...I'm still booking July and beyond, so if you want to get on my schedule click HERE!  Keep in mind that Sept-Nov are highly popular months and are already starting to fill!  I believe I only have 3 spots left for those months!  

Now...enjoy this sun drenched beach session.  Beach season is almost here and I cannot wait!  

Jekyll Island Family Vacation | Jekyll Island, GA | laurie schultz photography

I had never been to Jekyll Island before, so I was stoked when this family invited me to crash their vacation.  This family has been coming to Jekyll since they were kids and it holds so many wonderful memories for them.  I was so excited to capture memories for them in this very special place.  Stepping onto Jekyll Island is like stepping onto a dreamland, you immediately know there is something special about it.  Huge Spanish moss trees line the streets among palm trees, beautiful bike trails line the edge of the island, and golf carts rule the streets.  This place was so peaceful, I can see why it is a favorite destination in Georgia.   I definitely plan on coming back here with my family soon.  

I met this gorgeous family at a historic home:  Horton House.  Walking into this home you immediately notice the amazing materials that it was built from.  The main walls of the house are made from a material you see a lot in the south called, Tabby.  This is a mixture of water, lime, sand, and oyster shells.  Unfortunately the mosquitoes were terrible here at this time of day, but look at the smiles on their would never know, right?!  I hated to leave this gorgeous place, but our next destination I was dying to see.  

From the Horton House we took a short little 3 minute drive to the end of the island to the very iconic:  Driftwood Beach.  This beach is called "Driftwood" because huge pieces of driftwood can be found here.  The unique and fun thing about this beach is that it is also ever changing, some months will have more driftwood than others.  When we arrived there were only a few pieces to be found, but it was beautiful nonetheless.  After taking a walk on the beach we had a picnic right by the pier, where friendly lil squirrels came right up to us to get some table scraps.  Then we closed out the evening with a sunset walk on the pier.  Watching the HUGE orange sun go down over the water and marsh was a beautiful sight and a beautiful ending to this family session.   

Tybee Island Family Session | laurie schultz photography | tybee island ga

I am a fan of the beach in every season and in all weather conditions (minus hurricanes, ha).  This cloudy beach day turned out to be just perfect for this family session.  The sky acted as this huge lightbox casting such gorgeous light onto this sweet family.  But just the perfect amount of sunlight peeked it's head out several times.  SWOON! 

Isn't it amazing how different the beach can be everytime you go?  I have been to this part of Tybee Island many times, but I have never seen it covered with straw like it was on this day.  I considered moving to another part of the beach because of it, but i'm so glad I didn't, I love the way it looks!  Sometimes in photography you take risks, and this risk paid off!  

Photographing friends of mine is always a treat.  I feel like i'm kinda cheating as a photographer because I know their personalities a bit and can then use it to my advantage!  haha!  That is why when you book a session with me I send you a lengthy questionnaire.  It is so necessary for your photographer to get to know you before a session and to be able to know how to best interact with you and bring out your unique personalities!  I love watching timid/shy kids loosen up during a session, and let their little lights shine!  These kids however, are not shy.  They were so much fun to run around with and get all sandy with.  Speaking of sandy, make sure to scroll to the bottom to see a classic kid vs parent moment.  

Ready to book a beach session?  You know I love the beach, especially in summer!  Contact me today to get on the calendar.  BOOKING NOW